Monday, August 21, 2017

Dear Gossips,

You have your special glasses ready? Or did you make a pinhole? The total solar eclipse is happening at some point today, depending on where you live. And also, on a cruise ship called the Oasis of the Seas, Bonnie Tyler will be performing Total Eclipse Of The Heart just as the moon covers the sun. Seriously. This is what’s happening, no shade (ha). If I could, I’d want to experience that experience. Especially after reading Amanda Petrusich’s hilarious New Yorker profile of the song the other day. Turn around, I only just realised there’s a White Walker in the video.

While we wait for the black out of the sun, (as of post time) the blackout of Taylor Swift is still ongoing. As mentioned Friday, Taylor has deleted her entire online presence, a symbolic preview to what must be a career rebirth, a new era. I wrote on Friday that Taylor has never been more popular than she is right now in terms of goodwill at the conclusion of her court case against former DJ David Mueller. Just yesterday The New York Times published an op-ed “Thank-You To Taylor Swift” which serves as both an acknowledgment of Taylor’s strategic use of her accumulated “capital” to bring awareness to the injustices that sexual assault victims encounter and also a hand-wave to Taylor if she’s paying attention. Even The New York Times wants to get right with Taylor and the power of Taylor for when she’s ready to start talking again.

But when exactly will she start talking again?

Well, the MTV Video Music Awards are happening in 6 days, this coming Sunday August 27th. There’s a rumour circulating that she’ll be the surprise performer. How does Katy Perry feel about this? She’s hosting. Maybe that’s part of the surprise too. That, finally, after all this time, there will be no more Bad Blood. If it’s not the VMAs, it could be four days later as, according to cable schedules, she’s supposed to be on Good Morning America on August 31. Still, I can’t see her singing a new song for the first time on GMA. I feel like she’d want people to be at least familiar with the new song before she gets to GMA. So if all of the above is true, it would mean a new song dropping ahead of the VMAs… like Friday?

That’s the dream if you’re MTV. Because at this point MTV needs her more than she needs them. The lineup for the VMAs, so far, has been pretty underwhelming. Katy Perry and Pink aren’t bringing much excitement. The return of Taylor Swift, however, takes it to a whole new level. That said, can Taylor take on Fire and Ice? Sunday is also the season 7 finale of Game Of Thrones, when all our favourites will be  gathering for a battle royale at King’s Landing. So if Taylor really is coming back during the VMAs, she might want to avoid the 9 o’clock hour.

Yours in gossip,

Lainey


August 21, 2017 – Smutty Shout-Outs

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 21, 2017 13:51:57 August 21, 2017 13:51:57
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David M. Benett/ Andrew H. Walker/ Jeff Kravitz/ Lynn Goldsmith/ PA Images/ Gilbert Carrasquillo/ Getty Images

Kara! Happy Eclipse Birthday from your husband Brian who requested for you Oscar Isaac, James Marsden, and Leslie Odom Jr. To Tracy from Kristen – Happy Birthday! September is indeed looming. To make the approach easier, here are Robbie Williams circa Take That and Donnie Wahlberg circa Step By Step. Full Story

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What Else?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 18, 2017 18:58:43 August 18, 2017 18:58:43
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Have you heard? All of Taylor Swift’s social media accounts have gone dark. Her website has been blacked out. Something is happening. Is it happening today? Or will she draw it out, keep everyone hanging on, breathlessly, for the entire weekend? Of course everyone thinks this means the new album is on the way. Full Story

Idris on crutches

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 18, 2017 18:47:55 August 18, 2017 18:47:55
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Idris Elba stepped out last night in London in crutches. Do you know how hard it is to look good in crutches? And not just look good but look sexy? This man is walking in crutches and there’s been no change to his sexy meter. Full Story

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Smutty Social Media, August 18, 2017

Maria Posted by Maria at August 18, 2017 18:24:26 August 18, 2017 18:24:26

Why didn’t anyone suggest marriage between Dany and Jon – it’s a logical solution, and strategic marriages are arranged all of the time between relative strangers. Tyrion and Varys should have at least considered it.   I mean, JEEEZE, one pet of a dragon and he thinks he's one of them. 🤦‍♀️ #youknownothingjonsnow #butyoudoknowhowtonotgetblownoffacliffingaleforsewindssotheresalwaysthat 🕺 #everypunaboutwindicanthinkofinserthere 💨 Full Story

Gertie & Eleven

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 18, 2017 15:16:20 August 18, 2017 15:16:20

Drew Barrymore interviewed Millie Bobby Brown for Teen Vogue. Worlds collide. ET and Stranger Things. It was always meant to happen. But what happened when it happened? On the surface, this is a pretty innocuous discussion. Drew asks Millie about auditioning, about growing up famous in the age of social media, about fashion; it’s not meant to be anything more than cute. Full Story

Ewan McGregor or bust

Sarah Posted by Sarah at August 18, 2017 14:45:07 August 18, 2017 14:45:07

Yesterday word got out that LucasFilm is talking to director Stephen Daldry about making an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie for their “Star Wars Story” spin-off line. This should be an automatic YES and a fist pump, but I had only the following reaction: If it does not star Ewan McGregor, I do not care. Full Story

Ozark Season One

Maria Posted by Maria at August 18, 2017 14:23:58 August 18, 2017 14:23:58

(With light spoilers) Lainey last wrote about Jason Bateman when he received his Walk of Fame, and made note of his hair. Specifically, how full it is. Jason’s career renaissance is often attributed to his youthfulness and his comedic timing – Arrested Development and quirky indies, mixed in with the occasional studio film. Full Story